Golden Eagle Times

February 5, 2018

Important Dates

2/6-10th grade visits Career Center

2/7-Clay Team Meeting for parents and athletes, CCHS Library, 7 PM

2/8-8th grade visits Career Center

2/15-Final New York trip payment is due

2/16-Half day for students and staff

2/19-President's Day, no school for students and staff

2/21-MIPHY given to all 7th, 9th and 11th grade students

2/23-Junior High Dance, CCHS Fitness Center Gym, 6:30-8:30 PM (New date!)

2/24-Cascades Prom Closet, 201 West St., Napoleon, 10 AM-5 PM

2/24-Columbia Cash Bash, Gene & Davis Catering Center, 5 PM-10:30 PM

2/27-Jackson Area Career Center Open House, 4-7 PM

2/28-JAC3 Manufacturing program parent/student meeting, high school library, 6:30 PM

3/1-FAFSA application deadline


3/12-No school for students, Professional Development for teachers

3/15-Blood Drive, CCHS Gymnasium

3/16-End of the third marking period

3/16- Advanced Placement test money due to Mrs. Diefenthaler

3/16, 3/17 & 3/18-"Nice Work If You Can Get It" Musical, Columbia Performing Arts Center

3/29-Half day for students and staff

3/30-4/6-Spring Break, no school for students and staff

4/9-4/13 New York trip, Testing week

4/18-Junior High Spring Pictures


State testing begins directly after Spring Break

4/19-Job Shadowing Day for 11th grade students

4/28-Prom, Jackson College Potter Center

5/30-Senior Breakfast and graduation practice


6/1-Graduation, Jackson College Potter Center

Attention Seniors-It is Scholarship Season!

Mrs. Diefenthaler has updated all available scholarships on her Weebly website. Most scholarships are due before Spring Break. There are wonderful opportunities available to earn money towards your future. Please take advantage and apply!

Columbia Education Foundation Scholarship is Available

The Columbia Education Foundation has scholarships available for CCHS seniors! Check out this website:…/edfoundationforcolumbiascho…/home


The Educational Foundation for Columbia Schools administers scholarships for qualified Columbia Central High School Seniors for the Steinhoff, Neely, Horning, Kennedy, Sitarz, and other family scholarships. The Foundation also raises money to provide scholarships.

Cheer for Charity

Columbia Central Varsity Cheer is hosting the 1st annual Cheer for Charity Invitational benefiting Camp Liberty on February 8, beginning at 6 PM in the CCHS gymnasium. Camp Liberty is an organization in Brooklyn that helps benefit veterans who have been impacted by the emotional, physical, and psychological burdens of war, through outdoor recreation and sports. We hope to see you there!

FAFSA Open House-College and Career Access Center, February 19!

The College and Career Access Center is a great resource to help with FAFSA completion. Do not miss the open house on February 19 from 10-5 PM! They will have prizes and more. The website is below to provide more information about their services.


The theme for the dance is "Dress Your Best!' The dance will be held in the Fitness Center gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. More information to follow.

Spirit Week Fun!

Congratualtions to Hilliary Hogle and Mark Mellinger, our Homecoming Queen and King!

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Homecoming Court

Front Row (L-R)- Gracelyn Miller, Mercaydeez Scott, Makenzee Whipple, Hilliary Hogle, Rebecca Yang, Taylor McCrory, and Abigail Randolph

Back Row (L-R)- Gunner Cota, Sam Lyke, Connor Davenport, Dalton Fish, Connor Mc Lear, Jeff Perry, Mark Mellinger, and Carson Daniels

Congratulations Columbia Central High School Band Members!

The Columbia Central High School Band just finished the Solo and Ensemble event, held at Onsted High School this past weekend. We had a number of events earn a medal and even qualify for State Solo and Ensemble. Congratulations on your wonderful performances!

  • Zachary Hyliard earned a Superior Rating for his Clarinet Solo
  • Anna Parkinson earned a Superior Rating for her Flute Solo
  • Josh Spindelman, Grace Willoughby, Austin Petrie, and Yuki Rizzo earned a Superior Rating for their Saxophone Quarter
  • Grace Willoughby earned an Excellent Rating for her Clarinet Solo
  • Josh Spindelman earned an Excellent Rating for his Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Katie Schneider, Kevin Townsley, Peter Hayes, Mark Mellinger, and Kaden Burge earned an Excellent Rating for their Brass Quintet
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Congratulations to Mr. Kubiak and the Varsity Football Team!

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Varsity Sports Report

The cheerleaders finished up league competition on Wednesday placing 4th in the league. First-Team All-Conference honors were awarded to Lexie Hall and Jenna Crawford. Grace Hetke was awarded Honorable Mention. Their next competition is Thursday at Columbia Central beginning at 6 PM.

Girls basketball lost to Blissfield on Thursday and the boys team defeated them Friday 70-59. They both will face Ida on Tuesday with the boys at home and the girls at Ida.

Results of LCAA Conference wrestling meet at Hudson:

4th place - 103 pounds - Lucas Klink

4th place- 112 pounds - Jordan Moore

4th place - 125 pounds - Tommy Ronders

The wrestling team will have Districts in Blissfield on Wednesday.

American 1 Half Court Shot Contest-February 9

Students will register with American 1 outside the gym before half-time for a chance to be chosen to participate. The deadline to sign up will be 30 seconds before the buzzer for half-time. Two names will be randomly selected from the shootout drawing tub. When the student’s name is drawn, they must be present to participate. Each participant will receive two chances to make a half-court shot. If they make one of their shots, they will receive $500 cash and the school will get $1,000! If they fail to make a basket from half-court, they will still receive $50 cash and your school will still receive a $250 donation from American 1 Credit Union. Our athletic department is guaranteed a $250 donation with the potential of earning $1,000 – just for having fun with American 1 Federal Credit Union!

The 8th and 10th grade students will visit the Career Center!

The Jackson Area Career Center will host our students for a visit about their programs. The Career Center offers students an opportunity to learn career and technical skills their junior and senior year. Please see the website below for information about the programs they offer our students. Please contact Mrs. Diefenthaler with questions.

Complete your FAFSA and Win GREAT PRIZES!!

All FAFSA applications are due by March 1. All students who complete the FAFSA will be entered in a drawing for exciting prizes including gift cards and even a prom ticket!!

We Need Your Help!

We are in need of volunteers to work the PTO Carnival at CUES this Friday, Feb. 9. We need workers for the second shift from 7-8:30 PM. If you know of any staff, parents, students, older siblings, grandparents, etc. that would be willing to work please let Mrs. O'Neil or Mrs. Hall know a.s.a.p.!

Popcorn Sale for Junior High Student Council

The Junior High will be hosting a popcorn sale on February 9 for all students in grades 7-12. The popcorn is $1.

Golden Eagle Baseball Softball Club

On behalf of the Golden Eagles Baseball Softball Club, I would like to welcome you to our 2018 season. Our sponsorship drive is in full effect and we need your help. If you are or know a business owner that would like to give back to the community through sponsorship, please let us know. We have a few different sponsorship levels this year including general sponsor, team sponsor and also banners. Sponsorship is also a great opportunity for real estate agents, insurance agents, and car salesmen. They are likely to increase their brand exposure to our community. If you know someone who might be interested please contact me at or 517-281-1780. I would be happy to follow up with them. Sponsorship forms are also available for download from our website at Thank you very much for your help!

Cascades Prom Closet

Saturday, Feb. 24th, 10am-5pm

201 West Street

Jackson, MI

This is a community event where girls from Jackson County can buy and sell their used prom dresses. The purpose of this event is to make prom dresses affordable for everyone. Napoleon's NHS will donate $5.00 from every dress sold to a local woman's charity. If you have any questions, please see Olivia Tackett or Allison McDevitt.

Congratulations Jayc Dawson, Brandon Carlisle, and Jadyn Hindmarsh for being named the Golden Eagles of the Week, January 29-February 2!

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Information for Parents from the Jackson County Health Department

Please review the two documents below including helpful information for parents in preventing illness and influenza from the Jackson County Heath Department.

Welcome, Ms. Jessica White, to Columbia Central Junior High School!

Ms. White will be transitioning from the CUES building to Columbia Central Junior High School. She will be working in the Resource Room beginning this week. She will also spend part of her day at Options High School working with students. Ms. White has been a teacher with the Columbia School District for the past several years and has established positive relationships with staff and students. In her free time, she likes to exercise and attend sporting events. Welcome, Ms. White! We are so happy to have you!